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6. The Joker
It's a funny thing about the Joker. I'm not sure what "definitive" means here because I don't know that there really will ever be a "definitive" interpretation. It's a character at once iconic and vague, one perfectly well captured by Jack Nicholson and Mark Hamill in other iterations. But what Heath Ledger did was not just make the character his own, but redefine it in staggering ways. Heaven help the next guy who attempts to don that makeup and grin, because this was uniquely standard-setting, and in some ways it sums up what Nolan did with the universe, bending it to his will and filtering it through his own sense of these events in a hyper reality.